Cypress Isles News
The official newsletter of the Cypress Isles Homeowners Association
May 2004 Edition - Published Quarterly

In This Issue - May 2004
Welcome to Cypress Isles!
Members Elect New Directors
Road Widening Gets Mixed Reviews
Cypress Isles Contact List
Watch Your Garage Door
Water Restrictions
Speeding on Spring Island Way
Personal Milestones


Welcome to Cypress Isles!
Go over and say, "Hi."
Three new neighbors have moved in during the past several months. Here are their addresses.
13762 Crystal River Drive
512 Divine Circle
738 Spring Island Way
If we've missed anyone, please let us know so we can mention you in the next newsletter.


Members Elect New Directors
Cypress Isles homeowners elected a 5-member Board of Directors at the Annual Members Meeting on May 18th. The new directors are listed in the "Cypress Isles Contact List." The number of directors, which must be an odd number equal to or greater than three, was reduced from 9 to 5 to fit the number of candidates.
The new Board held its organizational meeting to elect officers and appoint committees, and plans to have its first working meeting on Tuesday June 15th at 6:30pm at the Library on Colonial Drive.

Road Widening Gets Mixed Reviews
Residents have mixed feelings about adding lanes but losing median trees.
Orange County is preparing to widen the intersection of Lake Underhill and Woodbury Roads to help relieve the traffic congestion there. Construction is scheduled to start in June to add the following lanes:

On eastbound Lake Underhill - another left turn late to northbound Woodbury, and a dedicated right turn lane to southbound Woodbury;
On westbound Lake Underhill - a right turn lane to northbound Woodbury.

The addition of these lanes will involve the removal of mature trees from the median and along the sides of Lake Underhill.
The project was announced at a recent PTA meting of Waterford Elementary School, to the surprise of many area residents.
Many commuters, exasperated by long waits at that intersection for turning traffic and crossing pedestrians, applaud the widening as a long overdue improvement. They would also like to see elevated crosswalks, or at least extending the time between 4-way pedestrian crossings from one traffic light cycle to 2 light cycles.
But not everyone is pleased with the changes. Several residents have e-mailed various county officials, including Commissioner Linda Stewart, expressing their objections to the project. Some of these objections are:

"The addition of more lanes of traffic would just encourage even more cut-through traffic for those avoiding Alafaya Trail and its four traffic lights" and because the "green canopy, which has taken 15 years to develop and I have grown to love, would be gone, at least through that stretch of Lake Underhill.

"Our children will be walking on a sidewalk right up against traffic, similar to the elementary school on Dean Road and Colonial, where there is almost no green space. There is now a patch of grass with oak trees separating the children from traffic. They will be crossing a seven lane Lake Underhill to get to school.

"A lot of us enjoy living in Waterford Lakes, because of the neighborhood schools and suburban setting. I don't want Woodbury and Lake Underhill to turn into an urban intersection. This will affect our property values."

Commissioner Stewart was unavailable to meet with the community.
Central Florida is one of the fastest growing areas in the country, and Waterford Lakes is part of that growth. Twice each day, hundreds of homeowners and students funnel through this one, clogged intersection, irritated by each other. Meanwhile, school populations are growing, and more apartments and strip malls are being built along tiny 2-lane Woodbury Road. Perhaps our "planned" developments aren't really planned as thoroughly as they should be.
So what's the plan? Well, it seems that even the Planning Division of the Orange County Growth Management Department is searching for clarity. According to, two of its policies articulate both sides of this issue.

"1.2.4 Elementary schools, adjacent neighborhoods, parks and neighborhood shopping should be accessible to neighborhood residents by tree-lined sidewalks and bikeways.

"1.2.5 Vehicular and pedestrian connections should be provided between adjacent neighborhoods, with measures to prevent excessive cut-through traffic and excessive speeds on neighborhood streets."

Also according to the website above, it is the policy of the Planning Division of the Orange County Growth Management Department to consider "the initiative of property owners, the development community, or other community organizations." Note that Orange County puts property owners two places ahead of HOAs in terms of influence.
Homeowners are encouraged to express their views to Orange County directly. In fact, we understand that this widening project was the result of a letter from 10 homeowners who asked for it.
The Cypress Isles News is not going to take sides on this complicated issue; in fact, even our own editorial staff is divided on the right approach. We just want to give you a "heads up" that road construction will be happening, and to encourage everyone to try to understand the other points of view.

Sandy and Denny Horazak
Fair and Balanced Editors

Cypress Isles Contact List

Board of Directors
Lee Blackwell, Director 407 275-2541
Myron Davis, Treasurer 407 737-8200
Dennis Horazak, President 407 207-6557
Bill Snook, Secretary 407 380-2202
Ron Wiley, Vice-President 407 384-2564
Penn First Management 407-260-5344

Architectural Review Committee
Manny Juarez 321 235-6097
Lee Blackwell 407 275-2541
Cookie Symons 407 273-5460

Neighborhood Watch
Cookie Symons 407 273-5460
Myron Davis 407 737-8200

Dennis Bode, Webmaster
Sandy & Denny Horazak, CI News Editor 407 207-6557

Handy Numbers
Orange County Sheriff
Non-emergency 407 737-2400
Animal Control (unleashed pets, etc.) 407 352-4390



Watch Your Garage Door

An open garage door is an open invitation.
Watch your garage door after you press your remote. Your garage door may not close all the way if it senses an object too close to the door. Or it may open again, on its own, because it's having electronic brain freeze. In any case, it's a good idea to watch the door close all the way before you zoom off to work. Also…
Keep your garage doors closed when you are not in your garage or in the nearby area.
Lock your car doors, and bring in garage remotes from cars left in driveway.
Let's be careful out there!

Neighborhood Watch Coordinators:
Cookie Symons - 407-273-5460
Myron Davis - 407-737-8200
Sandy Horazak - 407-207-6557


Water Restrictions
No, they haven't gone away…

We are still under the same Orange County mandatory water restrictions that were implemented in 2001. As a reminder of what that means:
NO WATERING on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday.
NO WATERING between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on your designated day.
Odd numbered houses (your house number ends in 1, 3, 5, 7, 9) may only water on Wednesday and Saturday.
Even numbered houses (your house number ends in 0, 2, 4, 6, 8) may only water on Thursday and Sunday.
The exceptions to these rules are newly planted sod (30 days); and "watering in" fertilizer or chemicals within 24 hours of application, but still not between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Any questions? Ask the Orange County Water Division at (407) 836-6800, or visit their website at

Sandy Horazak
Wet & Wild Editor

Speeding on Spring Island Way
Of course, it's those other guys…
A neighbor's beloved dog accidentally got out the front door recently and was struck and killed by a speeding car on Spring Island Way at Lakes Way. We extend our condolences to them for the loss of their 4-legged family member.
It might have been, could someday be, a child.
Much of the speeding is done by the "cut-through" traffic -residents of other neighborhoods who use Cypress Isles as a short-cut to Barrington and beyond --instead of taking the longer drive on Lake Underhill Rd.
Much as we might like to have Lakes Way closed off, it's unlikely to happen. Besides, the through-cutters could still zoom to the back entrance to CI to access Lake Underhill Rd. Our paid off-duty Deputy Sheriff cannot be there 24/7 to eliminate the problem.
Would speed bumps help? A 3-way Stop sign at Spring Island Way and Lakes Way? Any other suggestions? If you would like to work with Orange County to alleviate this problem, contact a Board member or come to a Board meeting.

Sandy Horazak
Road Warrior Princess

Personal Milestones
Events since our last publication
Happy Birthday to…
April 20 - Danny & Noah Juarez
May 4 - Alexandra Sheeler
May 5 - Steve Wood
May 23 - Michael Symons
May 27 - Jean Thomsin
July 6 - Joka Thomsin
July 23 - Dennis Horazak
July 27 - Sandy Horazak
July 30 -Hein Pham
Happy Anniversary to…
May 22 - Cookie & Scott Symons
May 27 - Sandy & Denny Horazak
June 1 - Jean & Joka Thomsin

Congrats to Timber Creek High grads:
Derek Curtin
Michael Symons, who was named MVP in Roller Hockey -- 3rd year in a row!

Congratulations to all other graduates -- from kindergarten, grade school, middle school, high school, college…that we didn't know about!